Changes to the draft give teams a better chance for a good inaugural season.

Coach Barry Trotz switches back to a tried and true line, and it results in a 5-2 win over Ottawa.

"We feel that we've lost probably three or four hockey games because we haven't been able to kill off some penalties,” Coach Barry Trotz said.

Ovechkin's line hasn't recorded an even-strength point in six games, while Backstrom is on pace for the worst point-producing season of his career. Still, Barry Trotz has shown no inclination to reunite them.

Washington has a near-miss on its power play than gives up two quick goals as game gets out of hand.

As a young boy, Jakub Vrana watched the Czech legend, never dreaming he'd have a chance to share the ice. But now he'll get to add his recollections to a long, and growing, list of NHLers who speak of Jagr's dominance and longevity with reverence.

A pass from the Wild's Chris Stewart ricocheted under the Caps captain's visor before he went down, leaving a pool of blood on the ice.

Alex Ovechkin takes puck to the face but returns as Capitals show resilience in 3-1 win over the Wild.

Through 20 games this season, Oshie is holding steady with a 23.1 shooting percentage once again for nine goals on 39 shots.

  • Perspective

A hockey team in transition knew this season would be different, but that doesn’t mean it’s been easy.

Through 20 games this season, Washington has allowed the first goal 14 times, and the team is 5-9-0 in those games.

Philipp Grubauer’s struggles continue as backup netminder remains winless on the season.

Vrana has just one point, an empty-net goal, in the past seven games.

Djoos, a rookie, has played in 16 games this season, scoring two goals and one assist while averaging more than 14 minutes of ice time.

Waiver eligible once again, Stephenson isn't likely to go anywhere after he's scored two goals and four assists in 10 games.

Matt Niskanen returns from injury, but Washington’s stretch of strong defensive play comes to an end.

Washington finally will get a look at its full defense with the veteran back in the lineup.

Since he was averaging more than 23 minutes, Niskanen's injury shook the defense corps. He'll return to a much more stable unit.

"When I'm on the ice and I feel like someone open every time, I just want to make my linemates happy," Kuznetsov said.

Defenseman Matt Niskanen and forward Tyler Graovac aren't quite ready to play, but they're getting closer.

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